Worth Reading: Performance Apparel Markets

Issue 72 of Performance Apparel Markets has now been published and contains the following reports:

Fast track: brands look to capture the value of their own waste Buy this report now
Sportswear brands are starting to recognise the value of the clothing resale market and, more importantly, the value of directly controlling part of it themselves. According to the resale platform thredUp, the market for second-hand clothing is expected to more than double between 2021 and 2025 and, within this market, sales generated through resale platforms are expected to surge by 213%. The growth in the market for second-hand clothing stems mainly from the fact that consumers are increasingly prioritising sustainability, retailers are starting to embrace resale, and policy makers are beginning to promote the adoption of a circular economy. In the EU, for example, separate collections of waste clothing will become mandatory by 2025. Additionally, there will be a strengthening of extended producer responsibility (EPR) across the EU which will focus on resource-intensive sectors such as textiles. Meanwhile, resale companies such as thredUp, Sole Responsibility and The Renewal Workshop are benefiting from the increased awareness of resale and have forged partnerships with leading clothing retailers and brands—including Champion, JCPenney, JD Sports, Macy’s, New Balance and Walmart—in order to redistribute used items, sub-prime items, returned items and seconds items. At the same time, a number of clothing brands have set up their own resale platforms.

Performance apparel markets: product developments and innovations, September 2021 Buy this report now
This report provides information on the latest developments in fabrics, fibres and yarns, fibre technologies, finishing treatments, footwear, insulation, outdoor apparel, and performance apparel. Furthermore, the report includes news from the following innovative brands and other organisations: 3M, adidas, BASF, Burlington, Daletec, Hologenix, Indorama Ventures (IVL), Nilit, PrimaLoft, Solvay, Teijin Frontier, The Lycra Company, and Vaude.

Chemical protective clothing: safeguarding worker health and safety Buy this report now
Chemical protective clothing is indispensable in maintaining health and safety in work environments where there are potential threats from chemical, biological, radiation, thermal or nuclear hazards. Furthermore, the importance of protecting against such hazards has risen sharply in recent years. This reflects the fact that a significant number of incidents involve hazardous materials—many of which are life threatening—and this number is growing. Meanwhile, awareness of the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been raised by the increasingly familiar sight of emergency workers in head-to-toe ensembles during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has also led to greater recognition of brands of chemical protective fabrics which are used in the manufacture of workwear for firefighters, medical staff, the military and those who are directly involved with the handling of chemicals on a regular basis. Well known chemical protective fabric brands include: KleenGuard, which is supplied by Kimberly-Clark; Tychem, which is supplied by DuPont; and Tyvek, which is also supplied by DuPont. In the chemical protective clothing field, the market for single-use garments is dominated by 3M, DuPont and Kimberly-Clark while much of the market for reusable garments is dominated by Ansell, Dräger and Respirex International (Respirex). Looking ahead, future growth in the market for chemical protective clothing will be underpinned by product innovation, stringent occupational safety regulations and the threat of outbreaks of disease and acts of terrorism. As a result, the prospects for this market are brighter than for many other segments of the performance apparel industry.

Profile of Ansell: a global force in personal protective equipment (PPE) for the health care and industrial markets Buy this report now
Ansell is a company based in Australia which manufactures personal protective equipment (PPE) for the health care and industrial markets. The company was established in 1905 as a rubber condom manufacturer but in 2010 it restrategised and turned its focus to the expansion of its PPE portfolio. Since 2010, it has divested its sexual wellness businesses and carried out a series of strategic acquisitions. As a result, it has achieved an enviable position in the global market for PPE, and the company has strengthened this position further as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, soaring demand for PPE across all industries enabled it to achieve a 26% increase in revenues in its 2020/21 financial year. Ansell believes that the pandemic has sensitised consumers to the importance of safety and drawn attention to the importance of worker protection. As a result, the company expects demand for PPE to remain high in the short to medium term and claims that it is ideally positioned to meet such demand. Looking ahead, Ansell plans to pursue a growth strategy through acquisitions and innovations in PPE which go well beyond its traditional passive protection role. Furthermore, it plans to improve its impact on the environment and reduce its production of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Performance apparel markets: business update, September 2021 Buy this report now
This report provides information, analysis and valuable insight into developments relating to the performance apparel industry in the following categories: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; corporate social responsibility (CSR); corporate strategy; investments; joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; and new facilities. Brands, companies and other organisations featured in this report include: adidas, Authentic Brands Group (ABG), Canopy, Carrington Textiles, Delta Galil Industries, Eddie Bauer, Eurofins, HanesBrands, Infinited Fiber Company, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories (Kraig Labs), lululemon athletica (lululemon), Mammut, Origin Materials, Patagonia, PrimaLoft, Puma, Redwood Capital Investments, SGS, SPARC Group, Telemos Capital, The Microfibre Consortium (TMC), VF Corporation, and the ZDHC Foundation.

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